The Savage Beard of She Dwarf, by Kyle Latino, is a graphic novel set in the fantasy world of Grindom. The main character, She Dwarf, is on a quest to find the kingdom of Dammerung and along the way, meets and helps people on quests of their own, such as retrieving stolen gold from a dragon. Throughout the story, the characters mistake her short and cute appearance for weakness. She soon dispels this by challenging them to arm wrestling fights and proving that her size can often be an advantage throughout her adventures.
However, on her adventure, She Dwarf is pursued by Drift, an elf who tries to stop her from discovering Dammerung. She warns She Dwarf of the dangers that lie ahead and attempts to thwart She Dwarf’s attempts at finding Dammerung through her encounters with various dragons and beasts. We also get a glimpse into She Dwarf’s childhood at intervals throughout the story, which explains more about why she is so determined to succeed in her quest.
I really enjoyed reading this and couldn’t wait to write the review. This is the first graphic novel I have reviewed so far and has made for an excellent start. The story is fun and light-hearted as well as meaningful, challenging the misconceptions of those who perceive differences as weaknesses. Despite all the obstacles that She Dwarf faces, she overcomes them with determination and isn’t afraid to look back on her past and learn from it, both in positive and negative ways. I also loved the artwork, also by Kyle Latino, which is what first drew me to the graphic novel.
My only criticism would be that it should be more widely available and the author deserves more recognition. I can’t wait to buy my copy when it is released!
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. It is due to be released in May on Amazon.